HOUSTON: Man accused of stealing Reggie Jackson’s Dodge Hellcat

HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a man accused of stealing baseball legend Reggie Jackson’s car in downtown Houston last month.

The thief was identified by the police as Juan Luna, 33. According to court records, he is accused of not only stealing Mr. October’s car, but he allegedly stole another car at the Texas Medical Center that same day.

Several days ago, Jackson posted on his Instagram account that his 2022 Dodge Charger Hellcat was stolen on August 29 at Texas Avenue and Austin Street in downtown Houston.

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, Dodge powerhouses like Jackson’s are the most stolen cars in the country. The institute found that thieves are actively targeting certain models, such as the 2020-2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger HEMI.

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How did the police identify Juan Luna?

According to court records, Luna, with the help of an accomplice, stole two vehicles on August 29, 2023.

In the first robbery, surveillance cameras captured a blue Ford Fusion sedan with a fake temporary license plate driving into Texas Medical Garage #2 located at 1151 Holcomb.

Minutes later, the same Ford Fusion was seen trying to exit the garage, according to records. Trailing behind her was a 2021 Dodge Ram 1500, which was later reported stolen.

Hours later, Jackson’s car was stolen from the parking garage of Catalyst’s apartment in downtown Houston. Police investigating Jackson’s case also said a blue Ford was seen leaving the apartment complex’s parking garage behind Jackson’s stolen Hellcat.

An investigation into a blue Ford Fusion led investigators to Luna, the car’s owner, according to court records. He allegedly used this car to commit several car thefts.

According to the records, the detectives called Luna and asked him if he could come to the police station to give a voluntary statement. He agreed but later said he was not comfortable meeting at the station and asked if they could meet him at a Burger King in Holcomb.

On August 31, the detective met with Luna at a Burger King restaurant and allegedly admitted to driving a Ford Fusion into a TMC parking garage on August 29.

A privileged patrol unit pulls into a Burger King parking lot and a distraught Luna gets into his car and drives off, leading to a police chase.

Court records stated that the police eventually lost Luna, but later discovered that he had caused the chain-link accident by speeding at a red light. The accident involved Luna’s car and four others.

At least two people had to be taken to hospital.

Court records said Luna fled.

Luna was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evasion of justice, and robbery.

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. You can also submit a tip online or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.

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